The Communication Trust Newsletter
June 2013


The Communication Trust is a coalition of nearly 50 voluntary and community organisations with expertise in speech, language and communication. We harness our collective expertise to support the children’s workforce and commissioners to support all children and young people’s communication skills, particularly those with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN).

Our newsletters contain information about the work of The Trust, how we're continuing the legacy of the 2011 Hello campaign and updates from our Consortium members.


Two new job opportunities

Project Officer, Talk of the Town
£24,246 - £26,340 per annum (inclusive of London Weighting)
Full time (35 hours per week)
Fixed term to 31 March 2015
Based EC1, London

We have recently received a grant from the Education Endowment Foundation to test a school-wide approach to improving the speech, language and communication skills of primary aged children. We are seeking an experienced Project Officer to support the successful delivery of this project, Talk of the Town, over the next two years. You will have experience of developing and coordinating large-scale projects and will be used to successfully managing a range of stakeholders with competing priorities. This is a vital role integral to the success of a high-profile project, delivered in partnership with 62 primary schools across England.

If this sounds like you then apply by requesting an application pack from

Closing date is 10am on 13th June 2013. Interview will be held on 17th June 2013. 

Administrator, Talk of the Town
£18,200 - £19,690 per annum (inclusive of London Weighting)
Full yime (35 hours per week)
1 Year fixed term contract
Based in EC1, London

We are looking for a dynamic team administrator to support the needs of the Talk of the Town project. Effective administration provides vital foundations to the team and the chosen candidate will be responsible for a wide range of tasks.

We are looking for a candidate who is organised, has good communication skills and the ability to multi-task. Previous office experience is preferable, along with experience using Microsoft Office software. Strong literacy and numeracy skills and accurate attention to detail is also essential.
If this sounds like you then apply by requesting an application pack from

Closing date is 10am on 17th June. Interviews will be held on 21st June.


Communicating Phonics

The phonics screening check, which was introduced last year, is being administered for the second time this June. We have produced a guide, Communicating Phonics, for key stage 1 teachers and SENCOs. The guide supports teachers to help children with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) access the phonics check and improve their overall literacy development.  

Communicating PhonicsWe know results from its first year have highlighted that for many children with SLCN, the phonics check is challenging.

23% of pupils with SLCN achieved the required standard, compared to 65% of pupils who don't have special educational needs. As only 8% of pupils with SLCN were disapplied, this means that over two thirds of children with SLCN who took the check, didn't ultimately achieve the required standard. 

You can find out more and download the guide here.


What Works update

Have you visited our What Works database yet?

What Works lists interventions for practitioners working with children with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN). Endorsed by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapist's, What Works has had nearly 3,500 people register to use it since the end of March.

Here's what you need to know about What Works:

  • It was developed with the Better Communication Research Programme
  • It currently has 60 interventions on the database and this will grow over the year
  • It aims to support practitioners to make informed choices about what interventions to use to support children’s speech, language and communication
  • It's an online searchable database of interventions that services, schools and settings may wish to employ which gives information on the evidence base for each intervention
  • We're asking for feedback so we can look at ways to improve it - you can do this by going here.

Please visit the website,, to register and find out more.

If you would like to help spread the word about What Works please click here to download our leaflet.

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Opportunity to join a NICE committee or working group

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) provide guidance to ensure quality and value for money. NICE guidance supports healthcare professionals and others to make sure that the care they provide is of the best possible quality and offers the best value for money.

They have a number of committees and working groups that are made up of health, social care and other professionals and practitioners, patients, service users, carers and members of the public, and technical experts. NICE are currently recruiting for new members to join their working groups and committee's and have vacancies among others, for parents, children and young people.

To see a ful list of the vacancies they are recruiting for please click here.


Early Support Developmental Journal for Children and Young People with Multiple Needs

Early SupportEarly Support have launched the Developmental Journal for Children and Young People with Multiple Needs. It has been produced to help families and practitioners support the achievements of children whose development is affected by multiple factors that result in challenges to learning.

It is based on the concept of a series of ‘Can Do’ cards which help parents and practitioners to observe, record and celebrate children’s and young people’s abilities, and to develop and strengthen these abilities. The Journal aims to support key working by helping everyone involved with a child to share what they know and discuss how best to work together to support development and learning.

Please click here to find out more information.





Workshop on embedding children and young people's participation in health and social care services

This exciting workshop will reflect on the challenges and opportunities for children and young people's participation in the context of wider changes in health and social care in England, as well providing practical examples from children and young people and organisations working with them.

The workshop will provide an opportunity to explore what it means to embed children and young people's participation within and across health and social care services, and what is required for children and young people's participation to be meaningful, effective and sustained at individual, service and strategic levels.

The workshop is for anyone with a personal, professional and/or academic interest in children and young people's participation in health and social care services including:

• health and social care practitioners
• policymakers and managers
• participation workers and other professionals working with children and young people in the public, voluntary and community sectors
• academics and other researchers
• children and young people

The workshop will take place at Kings College London, Wednesday 10th July 2013, 10am-4pm. To book a place on this workshop please click here.


One Young World

One Young World was founded in 2009 by David Jones and Kate Robertson. They gather together young people from around the world, helping them make lasting connections to create positive change. 

They stage an annual Summit where the young delegates, backed by the One Young World Counsellors, debate and formulate solutions for the pressing issues the world faces.

At the 2010, 2011 and 2012 Summits delegates were guided by a line-up of Counsellors that included Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Bob Geldof, Kofi Annan, Professor Muhammad Yunus, HKH Prince Haakon of Norway, Jamie Oliver, Jack Dorsey and Joss Stone.

One Young World Summit 2013 will take place in Johannesburg, South Africa, 2-5 October 2013.

You can find out more about One Young World here.

News from our members

The Communication Trust is a consortium of nearly 50 voluntary sector organisations. We bring together our expertise to ensure that the speech, language and communication needs of all children and young people are met through signposting, specialist training, support and guidance to people working with children.

If your organisation would like to become a member of The Communication Trustís Consortium please go to or for more information e-mail

Communication MattersCommunicating Matters - Study Day: Vision for Communication

Communication Matters has organised this unique study day on Vision for Communication, to be held on 20th June 2013 at University College London.
Eye-gaze is a fundamental component of communication. This study day focuses on the importance of gaze:

  • Observing "what we are looking at"
  • Exploring how to use gaze for communication
  • Examining facilitated looking and pointing
  • Studying an eye-gaze pathway
  • Considering the role of gaze for those with progressive conditions.

This day is purely about eye-gaze, looking, eye pointing and the use of low-tech communication (eye pointing boards, frames, etc). This study day is not about eye-gaze technology.

Please click here to find out more information.

Contact a FamilyContact a Family - Information about the changing benefits system

Contact a Family has produced an overview of what the changing benefits system may mean for families of disabled children. See their new web pages, or visit for information on when and how benefits are changing. 

Also, to help you make sense of what it may mean for you, a new guide for parents called Personal independence payment, universal credit and other forthcoming benefit changes is available from their freephone helpline on 0808 808 3555.

I CANI CAN - A Chance to Talk end of project report launched

A Chance to Talk was developed, piloted and evaluated by I CAN working with The Communication Trust and supported by the Every Child a Chance Trust.

A Chance to Talk was a pilot initiative which improved the communication skills of 4-7 year olds in primary schools, and improved pupil outcomes. It is particularly effective for children with delayed language development and those with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN). A Chance to Talk was piloted in 2010-12 across four areas in England.

The initiative offered a model of commissioning support for all children's speech, language and communication over three levels, across clusters of primary schools, building their capacity to work with children's language. The recent 2012 Better Communication Research Programme strongly recommended that evidenced interventions should be offered at universal, targeted and specialist level.

For more information, the Report and Commissioning Guidance, please go to

Contact us

If you would like to contact us please call 0207 843 2526 or email
The Communication Trust, 8 Wakley Street, London, EC1V 7QE


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